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    How to play Minecraft without downloading it

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    • Play Minecraft Classic from a web browser
    • Other methods of playing Minecraft
      • Play Minecraft on PC
      • Play Minecraft on smartphones and tablets
      • Play Minecraft on console

    Play Minecraft Classic from a web browser

    If you want play Minecraft without downloading it, what I recommend is to try Minecraft Classic, a version of Minecraft that can be used directly from your PC web browser, which does not require the use of any additional software.

    What you need to play Minecraft Classic is any web browser, such as Microsoft Edge your Windows 10, Safari on macOS or download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, just to name a few.

    I warn you that Minecraft Classic is a very old and outdated version of the Minecraft edition available today on PCs, smartphones and tablets and game consoles. You must, in fact, know that the developer company, Mojang, has released this version on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Minecraft for the nostalgics who have supported this video game from the beginning.

    This means that the game experience on Minecraft Classic does not reflect that of the current version of this famous video game, although it shares some essential elements, such as the ability to destroy and build the game world.

    Also, you need to know that thanks to the support WebRTC of web browsers, you can invite up to nine players to the same game session. This feature is interesting, because it allows you to play Minecraft Classic with your friends, having fun even if on a very old version of this video game.

    To start playing, all you have to do is reach this link which leads to the web page of Minecraft Classic. After the main screen starts, press the button Copy, if you are going to copy the session URL to share with your friends then. Once this is done, type in yours nickname in the appropriate text box and then press the button Home, to start playing Minecraft Classic.

    Other methods of playing Minecraft

    Se Minecraft Classic it is not what you are looking for, as you want to play the latest version, in which case you are forced to download the trial version or make the purchase directly on the device you have, topics that I will talk about in the next chapters.

    Play Minecraft on PC

    If you are going to play Minecraft from PC, you have the opportunity to try two editions of Minecraft: Minecraft Java Edition e Minecraft Windows 10 Edition. They are not two completely identical versions, but they differ in some features, which I will tell you about in the next lines.

    Minecraft Java Edition is the historical version of Minecraft that has evolved over time, available on both Windows, That of MacOS e Linux. It costs 23.95 € and you can only buy it from the official website. Through this version, it is also possible to play together with other users, even if they use an operating system on the PC different from yours. The essential requirement to play this edition is to have the most up-to-date version of Java installed on your computer.

    Minecraft Windows 10 Edition instead, it is a version of Minecraft that supports cross-play with the other devices on which Minecraft is available. Through this edition, in fact, you can play together with users of Android and iOS and of game consoles (Xbox One and Nintendo Switch). Generally, all versions of Minecraft that support this cross-play feature are defined Bedrock Edition.

    The cost is slightly higher than the Java version, which is around 26,99 euros, with the possibility of purchasing more expensive packages, with additional digital content. You must, in fact, know that about Windows 10 Edition it is possible to carry out microtransactions, not mandatory, to unlock some paid contents, which add functionality and aesthetic effects, a feature absent on the Java Edition, fully supported by mod.

    That said, if you want to download the trial version for Minecraft Java Edition, you must first create a Mojang account on the official website and, at that point, decide whether to buy this edition or test the game. In both cases you will get a file .exe on Windows or .dmg on macOS to install the game. Regarding Minecraft Windows 10 EditionInstead, you must have a Microsoft account to download the trial version from the Windows 10 Microsoft Store.

    Whatever edition you want to try or buy, what I recommend is to consult this guide of mine, in which I explain in detail how to create an account to play Minecraft and how to install both the trial and the full version, as well as to give you useful tips on how to take your first steps on this famous video game.

    Play Minecraft on smartphones and tablets

    Minecraft it is also available on smartphones and tablets with an operating system Android e iOS. Unfortunately, however, it is not possible to try this video game on these platforms, as an evaluation version is no longer available.

    When the game was still defined Pocket Editionin fact, for a period of time a limited demo was available which, although it was later removed, it was possible to download in APK to Android on third party sites, such as APKMirror.

    To date, Minecraft it can only be purchased on smartphones and tablets through the Android Play Store and the iOS App Store. For Android, the cost is about 6.99 €while on iOS and of 7.99 €.

    If you want to know more about this topic, I suggest you consult this guide of mine, in which I explain how to buy and download Minecraft on Android and iOS and, in case you do not want to proceed in this way, I recommend some equally valid free alternatives.

    Play Minecraft on console

    In case you are in possession of a game console Play Station, Xbox o Nintendo, you can play Minecraft by purchasing it. An evaluation version is available only for the Play Station and Xbox game consoles, so you can test the features and decide, if necessary, to buy this video game.

    Minecraft is available in version Legacy Edition on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Wii U. As for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Minecraft version is available Bedrock Edition.

    The difference between the version Legacy is that Bedrock lies on the fact that the former is no longer supported by any update, except for Play Station 4. The Bedrock edition for game consoles, on the other hand, is updated continuously, also because it supports cross-play with Android, iOS and Windows 10.

    In case you are interested in trying Minecraft on your game console or buying it, I suggest you read the advice I gave you in my guide on how to download Minecraft for free.

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